Shepherd Center is a private, not-for profit hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1975, the 152-bed hospital is devoted to the medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other neuromuscular problems. An Atlanta family founded Shepherd Center in 1975. Harold and Alana Shepherd had to travel 1,400 miles (2,300 km) to find the appropriate care for their son James when he was injured in a body surfing accident in Brazil in 1973. Afterward, they brought together Atlanta’s medical and donor communities to found Shepherd Center. Today, James serves as chairman of the board of the Center. Alana Shepherd is the recording secretary on the Board of Directors and continues her work raising funds and welcoming new patients, and Harold Shepherd serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Donald Peck Leslie is the Medical Director of the Shepherd Center, a position he has held since 2005. Shepherd Centers mission is to help people with a temporary or permanent disability caused by injury or disease, rebuild their lives with hope, independence and dignity, advocating for their full inclusion in all aspects of community life while promoting safety and injury prevention.